Beatles – Hard Days Night film – Gaiety Cinema, Hastings

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supplied by Nick Prince Collection & photo from Vinyl Tempest

Nick Prince… As you’re sharing Beatles stuff. Here they are in the above photo, 1963, I believe.

Will Cornell… Later versions of this over here airbrushed the cigarette out of Paul’s hand. Remember they figured out the cancer connection just a few months earlier, right after JFK was killed. First publicity shot I ever saw of them, in a record store window…it was a display Capitol gave the store, and the heads wagged back and forth on battery power. Alas, when I succumbed and went in to check out the stock, they were sold out. Feb ’64

Andy Qunta… Excellent! (Hard Day’s Night was ’64 though I believe.)

Mick O’Dowd… Help! was better with better songs I thought.

John Storer… Got to disagree with Mick O’Dowd on this. I was 8 when my Mum took me to the Gaiety to see this film and have lost count of how many times I have seen it since. The album of the same name is, for me, one of the three greatest pop albums ever made (The Monkees debut and Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 being the other two) – damn near perfect! Help is fantastic, but the film was a tad self-consciously hip and the album had a couple of fillers

Mick O’Dowd… That’s good John. Get’s a debate going. My fave album off all-time was What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.

Nick Prince… Monkees self titled debut album knocked the Sound of Music off the top of the album chart, which 7 weeks later returned to number one, only to be knocked off again by More of the Monkees. Only four number one albums in 1967 and the prefab four had two of them. 🙂 xx

Roger Hewett… Agree with your comments John. I started work as a trainee projectionist in 1964 and A Hard Days Night was the first film that was showing at the cinema. I had two weeks listening and watching [some] of the film. To this days both the film and LP are my all time favourites. Both were like a soundtrack to my teen years.


Ringo Starr claims Paul McCartney died in 1966

Thanks to Ian McGilvray for finding this.


Leigh Wieland-Boys… It’s 1st March, not 1st April (Fools Day)!

Alan Esdaile… perhaps he’s been spending too much time with his tank engines.

Stephen Kolimbardies… I’ll have a pint of whatever he’s drinking!!!!!!!!!

Eric Harmer… But is that really Ringo ?

Mick O’Dowd… No it isn’t. The Ringo I grew up with didn’t have a beard and looked alot younger!

Colin Norton… I  don’t really think that the World Daily News is a reliable news source 🙂 if Ringo did say this he was probably joking with them.

Eric Harmer… But are you really Mick ?

Terry Pack… I think that all famous people are played by actors. It’s a bit like Doctor Who, in that the actor’s change, but the characters carry on. Keith Richards has been replaced several times, I believe. Paul McCartney’s original actor was a very good musician, but subsequent versions have been lesser talents, as is clear from the decline in quality of the song writing over the years. When a suitable replacement for a famous person can no longer be found, the character ‘dies’, as happens in long-running soap operas. And, occasionally, they can be brought back to life, like Ted Nugent, unfortunately. After the end of The Beatles, each was replaced by less talented people, except for George Harrison’s character, who was then allowed the space to blossom into the excellent songwriter he’d always promised to be. Ringo’s character was no longer furnished with comedy material by McCartney’s replacement (who wasn’t very good at writing songs: even his ditties were weak compared to those of his predecessor), and had to go into television Voice Over work.

Alan Pepper… Ringo wants to change his name to John Smith cos he’s so bitter ha ha

Colin Norton… Terry, I think that I can see a book in your future 🙂

Barry Newton… I thought recent research concluded that drummers are the most intelligent band member. I think it’s back to the drawing board.

Phil Gill… After The Beatles split, Paul and John became Derek & Clive. Fact. It was a well kept secret, that both Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore took to the grave.

Terry Pack… Barry, Actual drummers are more intelligent than anyone, but once The Beatles started making films, the original Ringo was replaced by the actor who had hitherto been playing Lord Snowdon. He was neither a very good drummer nor (as a consequence) very bright. He did make a good job of the transition from Posh Git to Scouse Scally, however, unlike the actress who took over as Princess Margaret at the same time, who proved to be a lush!

Phil Gill… The clues are all over Derek & Clive Live, Tel. “This bloke come up to me an’ said ‘ello, goodbye…”

Barry Newton… Bugger, I thought I had solved the Lord Lucan riddle, Terry.

Peter Millington… Ringo has “lost the plot” Mind you I never really thought he had it in the first place – “RIP Ringo’s brain”

Terry Pack… The actor playing Lord Lucan got the gig as Peter Sarstedt, whose actor had become Peter Wingard. It all happened too quickly to replace Lucan, and so his character was ‘disappeared’ in a hurry, never to be seen again…

Phil Gill… He was also from the West Country, hence Sarstedt referenced the whole incident in his song “Where Do You Go To, Moi Lovely?”

Leigh Wieland-Boys… You boys & your imaginations! Such fun!

Peter Gladwish… When are they coming to take him away, ha,ha?



How well do you know these Beatles classic songs – Beatles Quiz


Alan Esdaile.. I got 11.

Lauren Gower… I got 11 too

Jim Breeds… 13. Though Real Love was a lucky guess.

David Miller… 13 too – same for # 13. I knew it wasn’t the other two, so…….

John Wilde… 13 and strutting my Beatle stuff!

Jane Hartley… 10 and I don’t even like them!

Alan Pepper… Enjoyed that thanks Al I got the same as Jim !

David Miller… Did anyone score 9….number 9….number 9….. This is good fun but I always thought I was a hard-code Beatle expert until I was given The Beatles Trivial Pursuit game. I don’t know if there’s anyone out there who wasn’t either a Beatle or the suchlike who could really answer the more difficult questions. I think that if I could, then I would need to take a long, hard look at my life and ask why I know all this uber-stalker-level stuff. The following arent actual questions from the game but they would be along the lines of “What make of socks did Ringo favour in 1968”, “Was the communal sink that The Fabs used in Hamburg make of metal or ceramic”, “What were the results of Johns second eye-test in 1963”, “What ciggies did Paul smoke in 1965” (I actually know that one – Peter Stuyvesant…uh-oh…stalker alert..must….get…a….life…..]. Anyway – I now refuse to play that game unless everyone agrees to stick to levels 1 and 2 as no-one I know or am can answer any of the rest….be warned.

Nigel Ford… I got 12 and don’t have a Beatles record in the house…. was always a Stones fan and what’s more I seldom listen to lyrics as its the beat, melody, hooks etc that I listen for!

John Storer… I got 13 but am only going to claim 12 because the reason I got No.13 was because of the comments above!

Caz Simpson…. 12, got no 13 wrong